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PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD (H)

6 January 2015

The Iron are in FA Cup third round action on Tuesday, hosting Chesterfield after the Spireites beat MK Dons in their second round replay on Friday.

Mark Robins’ side has enjoyed a bit of break, with their last game coming against Rochdale at Glanford Park on Boxing Day.

Chesterfield come into the game in good spirits and have enjoyed a great season so far, finding themselves 7th in the League One table.

Paul Cook’s side beat Braintree 6-0 in the first round of the FA Cup before going on to defeat MK Dons 1-0 on Friday night.

The Spireites have the country’s most prolific marksman in Eoin Doyle and the Irishman has already scored a hat-trick against the Iron in this season’s league encounter.

Scunthorpe have been in good form of late and find themselves unbeaten in their last nine and could extend that to ten with a victory over Chesterfield.

Mark Robins has a strong squad at his disposal, although Bobby Olejnik and Shaun Brisley have both returned to Peterborough, injured Luke Williams is back at Middlesbrough and Richard Brindley has been recalled by Rotherham. Meanwhile, Liam O’Neil who is cup-tied.

The Iron are boosted by Alex Davey extending his loan spell until the end of the season, with the young Chelsea defender making an excellent impression at Glanford Park.

The two sides have already met in cup competition this year, with United winning 2-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash.

Sean McAllister and Gary McSheffrey scored for Scunthorpe in their victory at Glanford Park, although the visitors finished the game with ten men after Jack Broadhead’s red card.

The Iron were victorious in the last FA cup meeting between the teams, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Paul Hayes and Ian Baraclough. 

Both sides know each other very well, with the two sides going up together from League Two, although both of last season’s meetings finished 1-1.

Out of the 55 total meetings between the both clubs, Chesterfield have a slight edge over the Iron, winning 23 compared to United’s 17, with 15 draws between the two sides.

The teams have only met twice in the FA Cup though and have one win each.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can continue their run in the FA Cup, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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